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Department of Radiation Oncology

Department of Radiation Oncology

American Association of Physicist in Medicine (AAPM) Young Investigator's Symposium

July 11, 2014

The 2014 Young Investigator's Symposium of Medical Physics Research and Development of the  SF Bay Area Chapter of the American Association of Physicist in Medicine was held May 2, 2014 at the Ballroom of the Embassy Suites SFO Waterfront in Burlingame, California.  This symposium featured 16 presentations from the fields of Radiological Sciences, Radiation Oncology, and Biomedical Engineering from Stanford, UCSF, UCB, Lawrence Berkeley, and UC Davis. This event was organized by Dr. Julian Perks (Associate Professor of UCD Radiation Oncology in the Cancer Center and President of the SF Chapter of the AAPM) and Stan Benedict, also a physicist in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Board Representative for the SF Chapter. It was the first symposium for Young Investigator’s ever sponsored by the SFC of the AAPM and due to its great success it promises to be a very popular  annual event.  The SFC of the AAPM was especially grateful to Ms. Lisa Escobedo, administrative assistant in Radiation Oncology, for her outstanding support in organizing, planning, and provide crucial on-site assistance for this very popular event.  

Awards for the top 3 presentations as determined by a panel of judges were given to:

1st Prize: Patrick W. Goodwill, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Berkeley Imaging Systems Laboratory: Kidney-safe, Radiation-free Interventional Imaging using Magnetic Particle Imaging

2nd Prize: Serena Scott, PhD, Research Specialist, UCSF, Department of Radiation Oncology: Interstitial ultrasound for image-guided thermal ablation in the vertebrae

3rd Prize: Andrea Ferrero, Graduate student   UCD Davis Radiology/BME: Initial clinical experience with the UC Davis dedicated breast and extremity PET/CT scanner